Patient education

  • Vivian A. FonsecaEmail author
  • Merri Pendergrass
  • Roberta Harrison McDuffie


Stated succinctly, the goal of National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) is to help people cope with the demands of diabetes so that ultimately they can delay or prevent the complications of diabetes. As research in diabetes has progressed, we have learned that complications, once thought a natural progression of the disease, can potentially be delayed and even prevented. Healthcare providers began to consider the various components involved in diabetes disease management which brought into focus the significant role of the diabetes patient in the disease management process (see Figure 7.1).


Glycemic Control Blood Glucose Monitoring American Dietetic Association Diabetes Team Diabetes Education Program 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vivian A. Fonseca
    • 1
    Email author
  • Merri Pendergrass
    • 2
  • Roberta Harrison McDuffie
    • 3
  1. 1.Tulane University Medical CenterNew OrleansUSA
  2. 2.Harvard Medical School And Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and HypertensionBrigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA
  3. 3.Tulane University Health Science Center Diabetes ProgramNew OrleansUSA

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